FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
TUESDAY - November 4, 2008
BURGAW MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO DRUG AND FIREARM CHARGES
NEW BERN - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court today BARRY ALEXANDER JONES, 43, of Burgaw, North Carolina, entered his guilty plea before Chief United States District Judge Louise W. Flanagan.
A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on April 23, 2008. JONES pled to one count of conspiring to distribute and possessing with the intent to distribute more than 500 grams of cocaine and more than five grams of cocaine base (crack), in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 846, which carries a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison, a $2,000,000 fine, and four years supervised release, and one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 924(c)(1)(A), which carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment consecutive to any other term of imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, and five years supervised release.
Between June 9, 2006 and June 20, 2006, several controlled buys were arranged in which varying amounts of crack cocaine were purchased from JONES. On June 20, 2006, a controlled buy was arranged that included the purchase of crack cocaine along with a New England Model R92, .22 caliber revolver and ammunition for the firearm.
Mr. Holding commented: “This case reflects the close working relationship between federal and state investigators committed to the investigation and prosecution of armed drug traffickers.”
Investigation of the case was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the Pender County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant United States Attorney Ethan Ontjes served as prosecutor for the government.
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